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Super Eagles head to Sudan aboard chattered flight

09 October 2014, 21:33Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Super Eagles fly out of Nigeria via a chattered flight on Thursday night for the first of two quick –fire sessions against Sudan in the ongoing 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series.

The aircraft chartered by the Nigeria Football Federation for the round trip will depart the NnamdiAzikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 11pm on Thursday, to arrive in Khartoum by 6am Sudan time on Friday.

The Nigeria delegation will stay at the Grand Holiday Villa Hotel, with the players scheduled to train at the Khartoum Stadium by 8pm. Saturday’s match will start at 8pm Sudan time, and the delegation will return to Nigeria immediately after the game.

Nigeria Football Federation 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi will lead the Super Eagles delegation to Khartoum for Saturday’s showdown.

Also read: Super Eagles desperate for victory in Sudan

On January 27, 2001, the Eagles lashed the Falcons 3-0 in Port Harcourt, and then secured a vital 4-0 win in Omdurman on July 1 of the same year to virtually seal the ticket to Korea/Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup.

In 13 contests at senior level since November 1963, Sudan has only beaten Nigeria on two occasions. The more experienced Falcons battered the Red Devils 4-0 in Nigeria’s first appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations in 1963, in Kumasi (Ghana), and then narrowly edged a 1968 Olympic Games qualifier 2-1 in Khartoum, though Nigeria qualified after winning the home leg 1-0.

The most famous two-leg showdown between both countries came in 1969, when both teams tied 2-2 in Ibadan and 3-3 in Khartoum in a 1970 FIFA World Cup qualifying series.

Nigeria narrowly eliminated Sudan from the 1974 Africa Cup of Nations race, though failed to reach the finals in Egypt. On the way to winning bronze at the 1976 finals in Ethiopia, the Eagles defeated the Falcons 1-0 in Dire Dawa, and a 0-0 draw in Khartoum in a 1994 Cup of Nations qualifier preceded a 4-0 thumping by the Eagles in Lagos.

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